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Federico Ghisliero

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Federico Ghisliero
Died 1619
Turin, Italy
  • Soldier
Nationality Italian
Genres Fencing manual
Language Italian
Notable work(s) Regole di molte cavagliereschi essercitii (1587)

Federico Ghisliero was a Bolognese soldier, known primarily for his manual "Regole di molte cavagliereschi essercitii". The text was written in 1587 for Ranuccio Farnese, who was 18 years old at the time of publication, and would become Duke of Parma, Piacenza, and Castro. Ghisliero's manual is notable for his use of geometry in relation to fencing, and the incredibly detailed illustrations, using concentric circles centered on where the fencer has placed most of their weight (often, but not always, the back foot), and showing multiple versions of each figure in a plate, showing the progression of the movements he describes.